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Paradise riflebird and blue-throated bee-eater

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Paradise riflebird and blue-throated bee-eater

Paradise riflebird, Ptiloris paradiseus, and blue-throated bee-eater, Merops viridis. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Rene Primevere Lessons Complements de Buffon, Pourrat Freres, Paris, 1838

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Bee Eater Blue Throated Buffon Complements Lesson Merops Ornithology Paradise Primevere Regius Rene Sumatra Viridis Epimachus Ptiloris Riflebird


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This stunning hand-colored copperplate engraving, taken from Rene Primevere's "Lessons Complements de Buffon," showcases two exquisite birds of the Old World tropics: the Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) and the Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis). The Paradise Riflebird, also known as the Regius Riflebird or Epimachus Paradise Bird, is native to the mountain forests of New Guinea and eastern Indonesia. The male bird is depicted in all its resplendent glory, with its vibrant green and blue plumage, elongated feathers on its wings, and distinctive red eyes. The female, on the other hand, is more subtly colored, with brownish-gray feathers and a white belly. The Blue-throated Bee-eater, also known as the Sumatran Blue-throated Bee-eater, is native to the forests of Sumatra and Borneo. The male bird is easily recognizable by its brilliant blue throat, green back and wings, and rufous underparts. The female, while less colorful, still displays attractive greenish-blue feathers on her throat and chest. Both birds are renowned for their unique appearances and intriguing behaviors. The Paradise Riflebird is known for its elaborate courtship display, where the male raises and lowers its wings, creating a "rifle-like" sound to attract females. The Blue-throated Bee-eater, on the other hand, is a skilled hunter, using its long, curved beak to catch insects in mid-flight. This beautiful illustration, produced by the renowned French publishing house Pourrat Freres in Paris in 1838, is a testament to the intrigue and wonder that natural history continues to inspire in us. It serves as a reminder of the rich biodiversity that exists in the world, and the importance of preserving these magnificent creatures for future generations to appreciate.

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